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The University of New Hampshire women's basketball team returns to action Saturday, Feb. 23 against Binghamton University. It is Alumni Day for the UNH Wildcats, who are also encouraging fans to wear pink in support of Play 4Kay and the fight against breast cancer.
UNH has a 7-18 overall record, including a 60-52 road win a month ago, against Binghamton. The Wildcats have a 4-8 home record against the Bearcats, who have won each of the last five meetings at Lundholm Gym. UNH's most recent home win was in January 2007 (58-55 in overtime).
New Hampshire has won each of the last two overall matchups. UNH's 59-52 overtime victory at Binghamton in the 2012 regular-season finale ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses to the Bearcats that dated back to the aforementioned Jan. '07 triumph.
UNH has never won three consecutive games against Binghamton, and the Wildcats have never swept the Bearcats in a season series. Both will change with a New Hampshire victory Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gym.
In this year's game (Jan. 26), Morgan Frame scored a season-high 23 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead UNH to a 60-52 win at the Events Center. The Wildcats nearly led wire-to-wire; they jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Bearcats responded with seven consecutive points to take a 7-6 lead; UNH answered with back-to-back baskets to regain the lead, 10-7, and Binghamton never pulled even or led thereafter. UNH held a 48-33 advantage with seven minutes left, but the Bearcats battled back with a 13-3 run to close within 51-46. The Wildcats held a 55-48 lead with 1:30 remaining and hit 5 of 6 free throws the next minute to advance the score to 60-52. Cari Reed finished with 14 points and six rebounds while Kaylee Kilpatrick tallied eight points, a career-high 12 rebounds, two blocks and a steal. The Bearcats were led by Vaneeshia Paulk (17 points, six rebounds) and Jasbriell Swain (11 points, seven steals, three assists).
In the most recent matchup at Lundholm Gym (Jan. 22, 2012), UNH closed the game with a 17-2 run but Binghamton held on for a 64-55 victory. The Bearcats scored 19 consecutive points to extend a 33-32 lead into a 52-32 advantage with 9:21 remaining. There were a number of lead changes prior to that game-changing run.
The State of New Hampshire
New Hampshire enters Saturday's game with a 10-15 overall record that includes 5-8 in America East and 7-3 at home (4-2 in conference home games). The Wildcats were 51-49 victors against Hartford at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 20.
UNH has won three consecutive home games. Prior to this past Wednesday's triumph, the Wildcats defeated Vermont, 67-45, on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and prevailed 61-54 vs. Maine on Jan. 29.
New Hampshire has followed last year's 16-win campaign with 10 wins so far this season. The last time UNH recorded back-to-back double-digit win seasons was in 2005 (15) and 2006 (15); 2006 was the last of 20 consecutive double-digit win seasons that started in 1987.
Seven of the eight games in January were decided by eight points or less. During that stretch, UNH lost by margins of two, three, four and seven points and won by one, seven and eight points.
The Wildcats entered the week (through Feb. 17) ranked in the Top 100 nationally (343 ranked) in scoring defense (#80; 57.2 ppg allowed).
UNH ended its streak of eight consecutive road losses with a 60-52 victory at Binghamton University on Jan. 26. The Wildcats had opened the season with back-to-back road wins against Yale University and College of the Holy Cross.
With head coach Maureen Magarity on maternity leave spanning Dec. 22, 2012 through Feb. 2), UNH went 3-8. Associate head coach Mike Roux filled in as head coach during Magarity's absence. She returned to the bench for the Feb. 6 victory against UVM but then missed both of last week's road games. Magarity once again returned to the sideline Feb. 20 vs. Hartford.
Developing the Playoff Picture
Three games remain in the regular season and UNH is tied for fifth in the America East standings with Vermont at 5-8. UMBC is directly ahead of both teams with a 6-7 conference record. UNH split the season series with both those teams. Stony Brook, which swept the season series vs. the Wildcats, sits in seventh place with a 5-9 mark.
BU, currently second in the standings, will not advance to the America East Championship at Albany. Tourney play begins March 8 with the quarterfinals.
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What Just Happened
UNH closed with a 12-5 run the last 4:30 of the game to rally for a 51-49 victory against the University of Hartford at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 20. The Wildcats transformed a 44-39 deficit into a 48-44 lead with a 9-0 run spanning nearly four minutes – the 'Cats never surrendered the lead the rest of the way (31 seconds).
The Hawks did close within 48-47 with 23 seconds remaining, but UNH inched ahead 51-47 by making 3 of 6 foul shots. Hartford trimmed the deficit to 51-49 with seven seconds to play, then stole the ensuing bounds pass and called time out with four seconds on the clock. Alex Hall caught the ball near midcourt and advanced the ball to the right wing, where she lost her footing just as time expired.
Kelsey Hogan led three Wildcats in double digits with 15 points; she was followed by Morgan Frame (12 points) and Kaylee Kilpatrick (10). Hartford was led by Hall (15).
What Happens Next
New Hampshire's three-game homestand concludes Feb. 27 with Senior Day against the University at Albany. The four Wildcat seniors will be honored prior to the opening tipoff, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.
New Hampshire Notables
UNH limited the opposition to less than 50 points for the fifth time this season in the 51-49 victory against Hartford on Feb. 20. It also marked the second time this year an opponent did not hit a 3-point shot (the Hawks were 0-for-9); the first time it happened was Jan. 5 vs. Stony Brook.
UNH held its largest lead of the season -- 30 points (57-27) -- versus Vermont at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 6. The 22-point margin of victory (67-45) is the second largest.
The Wildcats established season highs in both field goal percentage (57.5%; 23-40) and 3-point field goal percentage (61.5%; 8-13) in that Feb. 6 game against the Catamounts. The eight 3-pointers tied a season high, the 15 assists ranks No. 2 and the 67 points is the third highest total for the year.
The 57.5% field goal percentage marks UNH's best effort since Jan. 22, 2010 [57.9% (33-57) vs. Albany], and the 61.5 3-point FG% is the team's best sharpshooting effort since Dec. 11, 2003 [66.7% (6-9) vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee).
UNH limited Vermont to 11 first-half points, which marked the lowest halftime total by an opponent in the last 20 years; the previous first-half low was 14 points by Stony Brook on Feb. 1, 2002.
New Hampshire recorded seven blocks vs. Maine (Jan. 29). It's the highest team total since Jan. 1, 2011, when the Wildcats recorded seven blocks in a triple OT game against the University Rhode Island.
UNH matched this season's second best efforts in both rebounding (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton on Jan. 26.
The Jan. 26 game at Binghamton marked just the third time in 19 games in 2012-13 the Wildcats did not attempt 10 or more 3-pointers in a game. UNH made 3 of 9 3-pointers in the 60-52 win against the Bearcats. New Hampshire attempted seven 3-pointers in the season-opener at Yale University (Nov. 14) and nine at Harvard University (Nov. 28).
In four games since her return to the starting lineup (Feb. 6 vs. Vermont), junior guard Kelsey Hogan is averaging 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She has been the team's top scorer three of those four games.
Senior forward Morgan Frame has climbed into a tie atop the team leaderboard in rebounding at 7.0 per game (she has a team-high 175 rebounds). Frame has been very consistent of late with eight rebounds at UMBC (Feb. 13) followed by back-to-back nine-rebound efforts against Boston U. (Feb. 16) and Hartford (Feb. 20).
Frame's point production has been equally consistent the last five games. She scored 12 points vs. both Hartford and Stony Brook (Feb. 2) and netted nine points each of the three games in between.
UNH's longest active streak for consecutive starts belongs to Frame (45 games).
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has been quietly effective the past nine games. She is averaging 4.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 34.0 minutes during this stretch, which dates back to Jan. 19.
Freshman shooting guard Elizabeth Belanger matched her career high of 12 points, which included a personal-best three 3-pointers, Feb. 16 at Boston University. Belanger had established her best of 12 points Feb. 6 at home against Vermont.
Senior guard Jilliane Friel recorded a season-high four rebounds, which equaled her career high, at Boston U. on Feb. 16.
Senior guard Cari Reed returned to action Feb. 20 vs. Hartford by playing 16 minutes off the bench; she missed all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and finished with one point, two rebounds, one assist and one steal. Reed had missed both of the previous week's road games against UMBC (Feb. 13) and Boston U. (Feb. 20).
Reed made 11 of 12 free throw attempts (91.7%) the week of Jan. 28–Feb. 3 and she leads the America East conference in free throw percentage at 87.0%.
Two Wildcats are in the top 10 in 3-pointer made. Senior shooting guard Cari Reed ascended into the top 5 at the Brown Bear Basketball Classic with the first of her four 3-pointers vs. Quinnipiac and reached the 150 milestone Jan. 19 vs. Boston U. Reed is currently No. 3 at 164.
Junior point guard Kelsey Hogan reached the 100 milestone Feb. 6 at home against Vermont with the last of her 4-for-4 effort and then climbed into a tie for 10th with four more 3s at UMBC on Feb. 13. Hogan is also No. 13 in career assists with 260; she tallied #250 Feb. 2 at Stony Brook.
This Date In History
In the 37-year history of UNH varsity women's basketball, the Wildcats have a 7-3 record on Feb. 23 and that includes 4-1 at home. In the most recent Feb. 23 game, UNH was a 57-40 victor against Maine at Lundholm Gym.
Through games of Feb. 22, UNH ranks sixth in the America East conference in offense (54.2 ppg) and fifth in defense (56.8 ppg). The Wildcats lead the league in free throw percentage (.701), rank fourth in field goal percentage (.390), fourth in FG% defense (.386) and rebounding margin (+2.4) as well as fifth in blocks (2.5 per game).
On the individual leaderboards, senior guard Cari Reed ranks third in scoring (12.4 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg) – she is one of two conference players among the Top 5 in both stats. Reed is also atop the leaderboard in free throw percentage (.857) as well as fifth in minutes (34.0 per game), fourth in 3-point field goals made (1.9 per game) and sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.347).
Senior forward Morgan Frame is entrenched in the top 10 on both the scoring and rebounding lists; she is seventh at 10.9 ppg and sixth at 7.0 rpg; Frame is tied for third in offensive rebounds (2.9 per game) and is eighth in free throw percentage (.652).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick ranks third in field goal percentage (50.6%) and fourth in blocks (1.1 per game). Classmate Ariel Gaston is tied for seventh in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2.
Senior shooting guard Cari Reed has been a clutch performer for the 'Cats this season and was named co-captain in mid-December; she missed consecutive games (Feb. 13 at UMBC and Feb. 16 at Boston U.) before returning to action with 16 minutes off the bench vs. Hartford (Jan. 20). In that limited time, Reed missed all four field goal attempts, including three 3-pointers, and went 1-for-2 from the foul line for one point; she also tallied two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
In the Jan. 26 game at Binghamton University, she helped secure the 60-52 victory by making 5 of 6 free throws in a 31-second span (from 1:12 to 41 seconds) in which the score advanced from 55-48 to the final of 60-52.
Against UMBC on Jan. 9, Reed went 4-for-4 from the foul line in the last 16 seconds to extend New Hampshire's lead from 58-56 to 62-56 and help secure a 63-62 victory.
In the season opener at Yale, Reed pulled down a defensive rebound with nine seconds remaining and secured the 57-51 victory by hitting both foul shots with five seconds to play. Then in the next game at Holy Cross on Nov. 17, Reed lifted UNH to a 68-65 victory by hitting a 3-pointer with three seconds on the clock. Against Cornell (Nov. 25), she hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds remaining to extend UNH's lead to three points and the final margin of 59-56.
Reed leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg) as well as 3-point field goals made (43) and attempted (124) and minutes (34.0 mpg). She is second in field goals made (97) and attempted (235), blocks (13) and both free throws made (48) and attempted (56); she is also third in assists (36).
In 11 America East conference games, her numbers are 12.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 steals and 0.7 blocks per game in 33.4 mpg.
Reed has been the team's top scorer 12 times, and the top rebounder 10 times. She has seven double-digit rebounding efforts; the rest of the team has seven double-digit rebound games. Reed also has five of the team's eight double-doubles on the season.
Listings for Reed
If the season ended today, Cari Reed would have the second best single-season free throw percentage in school history at 85.7% (48-56), and that includes 90.6% (29-32) in America East conference action. The top overall mark of 90.0% was established by Kathy Ladd in '80-81.
Reed is currently No. 18 on the program's career blocks leaderboard with 40. Next on the list is Deb Dorsch (1986-90) with 41. Ahead of that are Carrie Kimball (1992-96; 42 blocks) and Laura Seiden (1989-93; 42) and Rita McCarroll (1986-90; 43).
Reed is approaching UNH's Top 20 scoring list. She has 890 career points and No. 20 on the list is Marcie Lane (1991-94) at 910.
Hitting the Boards
New Hampshire has outrebounded the opponent in 16 of 25 games this season and the total has been equal three times. UNH tallied its second-highest totals in rebounds (44) and rebounding margin (+15) at Binghamton University on Jan. 26. The highs of 46 rebounds and +19 were established Dec. 17 vs. Wagner.
The Wildcats recorded a 39-38 edge at home against Stony Brook, which entered that Jan. 5 game with a +6.8 rebounding advantage, and the 'Cats outrebounded the Seawolves 37-32 at Pritchard Gymnasium on Feb. 2.
UNH allowed 19 offensive rebounds to Vermont (Jan. 2) and the Catamounts recorded a 37-34 overall advantage. In the Feb. 6 rematch, New Hampshire finished with the 30-26 edge; UVM had 13 offensive rebounds.
Albany tallied a 45-25 rebound advantage Jan. 16 to mark the highest total by an opponent and the largest edge by the opposition.
Framework for Success
Senior forward Morgan Frame was selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team at the league's Media Day in late October.
Frame leads the team in field goals made (106) and attempted (254), free throws made (60) and attempted (92) and is atop the steals leaderboard with 24; she is tied for the rebounding lead at 7.0 per game and has a team-high 175. She ranks second in scoring (10.9 ppg) as well as third in minutes (28.2 per game) and fourth in assists (31).
In 13 America East conference games, Frame is averaging 11.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.6 apg in 30.5 mpg.
The 6-foot-1 forward matched her career high of 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass, against Maine on Jan. 29. She also matched her personal best of four assists the third consecutive game.
Frame scored a season-high 23 points (8-14 FGs, 7-8 FTs) and also tallied eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a blocked shot to propel UNH to a 60-52 victory at Binghamton (Jan. 26). The seven free throws are a career high. Frame set the tone in the game by scoring 10 of the team's initial 14 points; after the Bearcats closed within 51-46, she made two fouls shots and then assisted on a layup in less than a minute to extend the margin to nine points.
One game earlier at Hartford (Jan. 23), Frame helped fuel UNH's late comeback effort. She recorded seven points and two rebounds as the Wildcats trimmed a 13-point deficit to 54-52 spanning 6:20. Frame finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, two steals and four assists.
In the Jan. 19 against BU at Lundholm Gym, Frame was once again instrumental in sparking UNH's late comeback effort in which the Wildcats closed the game on a 15-1 run. She tallied four points, two rebounds and an assist during that spurt; her defensive rebounds, assist and layup helped ignite the rally.
Frame propelled UNH to a 63-62 victory against UMBC (Jan. 9 at Lundholm Gym) with 20 points and 12 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season and ninth of her Wildcat career. Frame was highly efficient from the floor (8 of 11) and the 12 rebounds matched her personal best. During UNH's decisive 10-2 spurt late in the second half, Frame scored one point and pulled down five rebounds.
New Hampshire's stretch of 14 consecutive games with multiple blocks ended Feb. 13 at UMBC, when UNH did not record a blocked shot. In that span of 14 games – Dec. 9 through Feb. 6 – the Wildcats totaled 51 blocks.
Including that Feb. 13 game, UNH has recorded just one blocked shot the past three games. The 'Cats has one block at Boston U. (Feb. 16) and did not have a tally in that statistic Feb. 20 vs. Hartford.
Feb. 2 at Stony Brook, UNH tallied four blocks, which was also the total the team recorded Jan. 26 at Binghamton University. The 'Cats swatted away five Albany Great Danes' shots as Cari Reed returned three shots back to the sender on Jan. 16. UNH rejected six shots Jan. 2 at Vermont.
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick leads the team with 27 blocked shots – she tallied three both at UVM (Jan. 2) and at Hartford (Jan. 23) – and Reed ranks second with 13.
Through 25 games, New Hampshire has a 63-46 edge in blocked shots. Boston U. rejected eight UNH shots last Saturday at Case Gym and Hartford finished with four blocks this past Wednesday.
Captain of the 'Cats
Junior guard Kelsey Hogan is co-captain of the 2012-13 UNH Wildcats; last year, she was a co-captain alongside Denise Beliveau and started all 30 games. Hogan is a multiple threat in the backcourt – as the quarterback of the offense, she is strong on the dribble and an excellent passer; she is also an accurate jumpshooter who led not only the team but the America East conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446; 41-for-92) a year ago.
Hogan matched her career high of 20 points Feb. 13 at UMBC. She matched her personal best of four 3-pointers for the second consecutive game to climb into a tie for 10th place on the program's career leaderboard (with 104).
The Feb. 6 game vs. Vermont will be one to remember for Hogan, who made her return to the starting lineup and played 25 minutes against the Catamounts. Hogan recorded her 100th career 3-pointer made with the last of her four 3s on the night; she made all six field goal attempts to become the first Wildcat since Jan. 29, 2005 to shoot 100% from the floor (minimum five attempts); Ebony Woods was 6-for-6 back on that day. Hogan also pulled down a team-high four rebounds.
One game earlier at Stony Brook University (Feb. 2), Hogan reached another personal milestone by recording her 250th career assist. She is the 13th Wildcat to attain that number.
Through 25 games this season, Hogan, who has missed seven games (Nov. 25 & 28; Jan. 16-19-23-26-29), leads the team in assists (57; 3.2 apg) and is third in scoring (9.5 ppg) as well as fifth in rebounding (3.3 rpg). She is second in minutes per game (32.0), third in 3-pointers made (20) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.308).
Hogan returned to action Feb. 2 at Stony Brook. She came off the bench to play 16 minutes and finished with four points, one rebound and three assists. Hogan's previous game was Jan. 9 vs. UMBC; she tallied four points, two rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes against the Retrievers.
Hogan matched her career high of nine assists Nov. 17 at Holy Cross. She established that personal benchmark Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Binghamton University.
In the opener at Yale, Hogan made all eight free throw attempts; the eight foul shots is a career high. She recorded a season-high seven rebounds Dec. 2 at Brown.
Home & Road Splits
UNH's offensive split between home and away games is notable (56.1 ppg at home; 52.9 ppg away), but the defensive numbers are very different at 50.4 ppg allowed in 10 home games and 61.2 ppg allowed on the road.
The Wildcats shoot slightly better at home with a .394 field goal percentage compared to .385 on the road. The 3-point field goal percentage is also higher at home (27.9% home; 24.9% away).
UNH has been a better rebounding team at home with a +3.9 margin compared to +1.8 on the road; part of that road margin is skewed due to Albany's 45-25 edge (Jan. 16).
Sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick has started each of the last 14 games and has been on the court for 21 of 25 opening tipoffs. She is averaging 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 25.6 minutes per game. Kilpatrick leads the team – and is No. 3 in the America East conference – in field goal percentage at 50.6%; she ranks first on the squad in blocks (27) as well as third in rebounding and fourth in scoring.
Kilpatrick has recorded multiple blocks in eight games, including a stretch of four consecutive games spanning Jan. 23 through Feb. 2 with 11 blocks in that time.
In 13 America East games, Kilpatrick is averaging 8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-4 forward re-wrote her record book in January. She ended the month with a career-high four blocks and tied a career high of two steals against Maine (Jan. 29). Kilpatrick previously recorded a career-high 12 rebounds as part of UNH's 44-29 edge on the boards at Binghamton (Jan. 26) – she also tallied eight points, two blocks and a steal vs. the Bearcats.
One game earlier, Kilpatrick netted a personal-best 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the floor Jan. 23 at the University of Hartford. Her other stats included three blocks and two steals. During UNH's 15-4 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 54-52 with 1:29 remaining at Hartford, Kilpatrick recorded five points, two assists and two blocks.
The frontcourt of senior Morgan Frame and Kaylee Kilpatrick combined for 31 points at Binghamton University (Jan. 26) on 12 of 22 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line. The duo also combined for 20 of the team's 44 rebounds.
Earlier that week at Hartford (Wednesday, Jan. 23), both Frame and Kilpatrick scored in double digits with 19 and 14 points, respectively to account for 33 of the team's 56 points. They also combined for six of the team's 14 assists and four of the five steals.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Gaston has played in all 24 games and started 14 games, including each of the past 12; she was previously in the starting lineup consecutive games against Cornell and Harvard (when Kelsey Hogan was sidelined).
In her 14 starts, Gaston is averaging 3.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.6 apg in 29.1 minutes per game. In the past nine games, she has played 30+ minutes eight times with an average of 34.0 per game; Gaston is averaging 4.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 3.2 apg the past nine games. Overall, her numbers include 3.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, and 2.1 apg in 22.8 mpg.
Gaston finished with five points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals – as well as just two turnovers – in 34 minutes of action to help the Wildcats upend Hartford, 51-49, on Feb. 20.
Going Back to the Wells Again
Another player with starting experience is senior guard Lauren Wells, who utilizes her quickness and athleticism to drive past defenders – and be a disruptive force at the other end of the court as a defender – but she can also hit the mid-range jumper.
Wells missed the entire 2012 season due to injury, but she started 21 of 29 games in 2011 as a junior and was in the starting lineup all 31 games in '10. In her junior season, Wells ranked third on the team in steals, fourth in assists and fifth in scoring; she also led the team in free throw percentage and ranked ninth in America East in 3-point field goal percentage.
Wells, who has been in the starting lineup 11 times – including eight consecutive games spanning Dec. 1 to Jan. 2 – scored a season-high 11 points Dec. 17 against Wagner College. She made 4 of 9 field goal attempts and that included 2-for-6 from 3-point range.
Wells is averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 22.3 minutes per game. In 13 America East conference games (two starts), her numbers are 1.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 17.8 mpg.
Senior shooting guard Jilliane Friel, who was sidelined the opening two weeks of the season due to injury, made her 2012-13 season debut in the Nov. 25 home opener vs. Cornell, and she was even pressed into the role of point guard due to the Wildcats' injury and foul trouble.
In 15 minutes, Friel contributed across the board with three points, two rebounds, one steal and four assists, which matched her career high.
Friel was once again thrust into the role of point guard Jan. 16 at Albany and played a season-high 28 minutes (she had played a total of 27 minutes in her previous seven appearances spanning 10 UNH games). She finished that game with three points – all on free throws –, two rebounds, one assist and one block.
Friel saw just nine minutes of action off the bench Jan. 19 vs. BU, but was on the floor when the Wildcats closed the last 3:21 of the game on a 15-1 run (in a 55-53 loss). During that spurt, Friel grabbed two defensive rebounds when BU missed the front end of two 1-and-1s and she also hit a 3-pointer.
Friel was also on the floor when UNH made its late comeback the next game at Hartford (Jan. 23), and it was her 3-pointer that ignited the 15-4 run that reduced the deficit to two points, 54-52, with 89 seconds to play.
Friel scored a season-high five points (2-3 FGs, including 1-1 3-pointers) in eight minutes of action Feb. 13 at UMBC. She pulled down a season-high four rebounds Feb. 16 at Boston U.; that total matched her career high.
Friel is averaging 1.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 8.7 minutes per game (19 games played). In 11 America East conference games, her numbers include 1.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 0.8 apg in 10.5 minutes per game.
The UNH women's basketball program welcomed four newcomers to the 2012-13 squad and that includes sophomore center Corinne Coia, who transferred following her freshman year (2011-12) at the University of Rhode Island; she is ineligible to play for the Wildcats this season.
Kendall Martenet is the other new addition to the frontcourt. The 6-2 forward was a three-time captain at Mukwonago High School, where she led the team in rebounding as a junior and senior.
Martenet is averaging 1.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 5.8 minutes per game (17 games played); she was sidelined by injury for four games (Dec. 17 to Jan. 2) and has played each of the last seven games.
Martenet has been productive as a viable option off the bench the past month. In the Feb. 6 game vs. Vermont, she scored a career-high six points with a personal-best 4 of 4 effort from the foul line. She also pulled down three rebounds in a career-high 12 minutes off the bench.
In limited action at Stony Brook (Feb. 2), Martenet tallied two points, two rebounds and a block in four minutes. One game earlier against Maine (Jan. 29), she recorded two points and two rebounds in six minutes.
Elizabeth Belanger and Victoria Duffey joined the Wildcat backcourt. Belanger garnered ESPN Boston All-State Team and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, Lowell Sun Player of the Year and Dual County League MVP accolades at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
Belanger, who started six consecutive games (Nov. 20 to Dec. 5) and 8 of the last 10, is averaging 6.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.8 minutes per game (25 games played; 15 starts).
In 13 America East conference games (eight starts), her numbers are 6.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.2 apg in 25.5 mpg.
In the Feb. 16 game at Boston U., Belanger matched her career high with a team-high 12 points. She shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range to establish a personal best in 3-pointers.
Belanger set a career high of 12 points in UNH's 67-45 win against Vermont at Lundholm Gym on Feb. 6. She shot 5-for-9 from the field, and that included 2 of 3 on 3-pointers. Belanger's other stats included three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 24 minutes off the bench.
Duffey comes to UNH from Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes after lettering at Walled Lake Central High School for three years. She was a three-year starting point guard and two-time captain at Walled Lake Central, where she earned three All-Conference and two Academic All-State accolades.
Duffey has seen limited action off the bench in 12 games; she ended a streak of nine consecutive DNPs Feb. 2 at Stony Brook, where she entered the game in the final minute of both halves. Prior to that, Duffey had not seen game action since Dec. 22 at Cleveland State. She is averaging 2.9 minutes per game with a season-high of nine at Holy Cross.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Spoto has come off the bench in all 25 games this season. She is averaging 1.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.9 minutes per game. Feb. 6 at UMBC, Spoto made 3 of 5 field goals for six points in 16 minutes, which marked her fourth-highest playing time of the season. She finished with two points and two rebounds in 18 minutes at Boston U. last Saturday.
Spoto scored a career-high nine points against the Wagner Seahawks on Dec. 17. She had not attempted a free throw in her Wildcat career prior to that game and went 7-for-10 from the foul line. Spoto also recorded four rebounds and a steal in the game.
Spoto pulled down a career-high eight rebounds and was credited with two steals vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 5).
Spoto recorded a career-high three steals Jan. 16 at Albany. She also tallied four points (2-3 FGs) and three rebounds in a season-high 20 minutes off the bench against the Great Danes; Spoto also played 20 minutes vs. Dartmouth.
Wildcats on the Air
The Wildcat Sports Radio Network will broadcast a total of 13UNH women's basketball games during the 2012-13 season. All 11 home games as well as the Nov. 28 road game at Harvard and Feb. 16 game at Boston U. will be on the air. The Wildcat Sports Radio Network affiliates include:
WGIR-AM 610 (flagship station) – Manchester
WPKX-AM 930 (flagship station) – Rochester
WQSO-FM 96.7 (flagship station) – Portsmouth
WNTK-FM 99.7 – New London
WZEI-FM 101.5 – Concord
A total of five games will be televised, including home games vs. Central Connecticut State University and Boston University. Here is the complete schedule.
Dec. 9 Central Conn State WBIN & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 16 at Albany ESPN3
Jan. 19 Boston U. WBIN & FOX College Sports Atlantic
Jan. 23 at Hartford CPTV & CPTV Sports
Jan. 26 at Binghamton Time Warner Cable
Another option for fans to follow live action of the UNH women's basketball home games is online videostreaming at unhwildcats.tv
Scouting the Bearcats
Binghamton University (Vestal, N.Y.) enters Saturday's game with a 4-22 overall record that includes 3-10 in America East and 3-11 on the road – 2-4 in conference road games. The Bearcats, who were defeated 74-68 at home by Maine on Feb. 16, have lost five straight games.
In the America East conference, Binghamton ranks last in offense (50.7 ppg) and sixth in defense (62.5). The Bearcats are also eighth in field goal percentage (.345), fifth in FG% defense (.393), seventh in free throw percentage (.634) and tied for seventh in rebounding margin (-4.0).
Sherae Swinson leads the team in scoring (10.6 ppg) and blocks (30); she is tied for second in rebounding (5.2 rpg) and is second in 3-pointers made (18). Jasbriell Swain ranks second in scoring (8.2 ppg) and first in rebounding (8.0 rpg); she is also atop the team leaderboard in both assists (89) and steals (69). Stephanie Jensen is the top 3-point threat at 28-for-89 (31.5%).
Game Notes: Women's Basketball Alumni Day & Play 4Kay Game Is Feb. 23 vs Binghamton
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